International Lab C - Clogging
This lesson on clogging was something new for most of our peers. I feel that the criteria for Lab C in general added a challenge because our activities are not the most common activities played. For example, most of our class mates were unfamiliar with clogging so it increased interest level and focused on a dance versus a sport.
I feel that overall the lesson ran smoothly and was well organized (see verbal transcript). The instant activity kept students moving and gave me the opportunity to visually assess the skill level of the class, when moving and keeping a beat/rhythm. The visual aid was large and color coded for easy understanding. The aid showed a clear break down of the steps we learned and what foot lead each step. Using a variety of mini progressions in the beginning was successful in having the whole class learn the two basic steps, which combined differently, made up each cue. Adding a few extra steps and reinforcing the syllables with our cues increased the success rate in the group overall. Michelle was able to incorporate intra task variation quickly during her lesson because the basic steps I covered were understood initially.
In order to improve this lesson, I would have to overcome the challenge of providing all students with the ability to tap and produce sound. An idea of a stretchy strap or rubberband with a metal piece or coin attatched; this could easily be placed around the shoe or sneaker to make a tap noise. This would increase the success rate of the students by adding an extra form of feedback to the dance. The tap sound being produced enhances the students ability in timing and successful repetition of the step.